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Guide to the Aaron Siskind photographs M2582
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Description
This collection contains 362 photographic prints spanning Aaron Siskind's career from the 1930s until the 1980s, covering both his period of social documentation and his period of abstraction.
Background
Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) was an American photographer from New York City. As part of the Film and Photo League, he produced several documentary photographs, most famously those of the Harlem Document (1937-40). After this period, his work took on a more abstract focus, and he became friends with abstract expressionists such as the painters Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, and Willem de Kooning. Siskind is perhaps best known for his way of taking the three-dimensional world and turning it into a two-dimensional space.
Extent
12 Linear Feet (8 flat boxes)
Restrictions
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.
Availability
Collection is open for research. Materials must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.